WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. 8/1/11 (PennWell) --
The Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Small-Scale Hydropower Enhancement Act, which was introduced by Congressman Adrian Smith, R-Neb.
The act would exempt hydropower projects generating less than 1.5 MW from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permitting rules.
"I appreciate the Natural Resources Committee recognizing the importance of smaller scale hydropower opportunities to an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy," Smith said. "Most think hydropower is a resource requiring a massive dam, but advancements in smaller projects offer tremendous opportunity to expand this resource as a viable option, particularly for rural consumers."
Having crossed its first hurdle, the bill now awaits consideration by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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